CASTLETON, Vt. – The duo of Seraphin Iradukunda and Jack Kingdon led the Castleton University men's soccer team past the visiting Rhode Island College Anchormen – 2-0 – on Saturday afternoon at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Castleton improves to 4-3-1 overall and earns two conference points, moving to 1-0-1 in the Little East. RIC falls to 3-3-1 and 1-1-0.
Adjusting to the more physical style of play quickly, Castleton neutralized the Rhode Island College advantage early. In a game that featured four cards, the Spartans were not hindered by the pace or physicality.
Deadlocked through the first 20 minutes, Kingdon found an opening in the defense. Juggling the ball, the Woodbury, Conn. native flicked it to himself before threading it to an in-stride Iradukunda. On the receiving end, the forward held off the defender and drew out the keeper enough to send it past him on the right and into the far corner of the netting.
Holding the 1-0 lead, Castleton continued to play attacking offense, while remaining steadfast on the back line. The Spartans tallied 20 shots in the contest, outpacing RIC by more than double. Castleton also earned four corner kicks as opposed to RIC's one.
Kingdon added two more points in the 68th minute and notched an insurance goal for the Spartans. Reaching the loose ball at the 15-yard line, Kingdon poked a chip shot up over the Charlie Tashjian's – the RIC keeper – head as he retreated from his position in no man's land. Attempting a last-second punch at the ball, Tashjian was unable to get back in time.
Earning the shutout, Alex Fernald made two stops in 90 minutes of action to improve to 2-2-1 on the season. Tashjian saved six attempts for RIC in the loss.
Men's soccer returns to LEC action as it travels to Boston at 7 p.m. on Wednesday to face the Beacons of UMass Boston.
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